A Scenario for Breaking the Gridlock

The Democrats are sailing into uncharted waters in their inability to select a nominee. The following imaginary scenario illustrates the kind of high-stakes bartering that could occur in the frenzied weeks leading up to the convention.

June 9: As he waited for the five Democratic candidates, Paul Kirk mused that even the Pope has more divisions than the Democratic Party chairman. For weeks Kirk had been talking of leading a bandwagon of perhaps 400 super- delegates to the front runner. But after two days of working the phones, Kirk had only 208 commitments. If only Mike Dukakis had caught fire. Instead,...

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